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Assembly committee holds up bill to require high school CPR training

  The state Assembly Education Committee held up a bill Tuesday that would require high schools to train students in cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The measure is sponsored by Assemb. Harvey Weisenberg (D-Long Beach).

   The Senate passed the bill last week. But Assembly Education Committee Chairwoman Cathy Nolan (D-Queens) said that while everyone should be trained in basic CPR, the Legislature shouldn’t be mandating curriculum.

  “We try to have a position here that we are not putting unfunded mandates on the schools,” Nolan said, adding that schools already have the option of providing CPR training.

   The decision to offer CPR training “still is best left to the local level,” she said.

   Weisenberg disagreed, saying that the training would make “every child a potential lifesaver.”

  “This is something that a child should learn in a health class,” Weisenberg said.

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